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Niger's junta cancels military agreement with European Union

Niger's junta cancels military agreement with European Union Niger's junta has canceled a military agreement with the European Union (Illustrative photo: Getty Images)

Representatives of the rebels in Niger who overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum and seized power in the summer have broken off the country's military partnership with the European Union, according to Reuters.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the authorization for the deployment of the EU mission in Niger has also been withdrawn.

It should be noted that cooperation between Niger and the EU began in 2012 with the establishment of the EU Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP) in the Sahel-Niger region.

According to official figures, the mission had up to 150 staff.

The mission's task was to help strengthen Niger's internal security sector and its ability to withstand a variety of security threats.

The mission was carried out through training, strategic advice, and the provision of equipment.

At the same time, representatives of the junta entered into a military alliance with Burkina Faso and Mali in September.

Coup d'état in Niger

At the end of July, the security forces of Niger's president, Mohammed Bazoum, staged a coup d'état. The head of state was taken hostage and the overthrow of the government was announced.

The head of the presidential guard, Abdourahmane Tchiani, then declared himself the new leader of Niger.

Several African countries were prepared to send their military into Niger to stop the coup.

At the same time, the Niger junta accused France of deploying troops in several West African countries for "military intervention". It also called on the French authorities to recall its ambassador from the country.